Acer Waves Industry's First Chromebook Toting an Intel Core i3 Haswell Chip

Paul Lilly

Haswell-powered Chromebook starting at $350

Sorry kids, but what you see on the horizon is the back-to-school shopping season -- always a buzz kill when you're knee deep in summer activities you wish would last forever. And with the back-to-school shopping season comes new laptop announcements. Case in point, Acer today is thumping its chest over having launched the first Chromebook to sport a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor inside its belly.

There are two SKUs available, the C720-3871 with 2GB of RAM and C720-3404 with 4GB of RAM. Outside of price, everything else remains the same -- both feature an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) widescreen display, Intel Core i3 4005U processor, Intel HD Graphics 4400, stereo speakers, webcam, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, memory card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 3-cell battery that's good for up to 8.5 hours.

"Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life," said Navin Shenoy , vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. "As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages. Students, families and business users will recognize the difference in how snappy the new Acer C720 is with Intel Core i3."

The C720-3404 ($380) and C720-3871 ($350) will be available this month. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts, as those price points start encroach on entry-level Windows laptop territory.

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